Sureesh Mehta

Outgoing Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta during his pulling out ceremony in New Delhi.

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Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta smiles during a news conference in New Delhi.

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The Navy has admitted that it was a 'systemic failure' on the part of the security and intelligence establishment that led to the terror attacks in Mumbai. "There is perhaps a lacuna that exists and we will work to sort this out", Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta said. Also a Pakistani fishing trawler, which entered Indian territorial waters off the coast of Kutch in Gujarat, has been seized and seven people aboard have been detained

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Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta and Air Chief Air Marshal F. H. Major seen together on Navy Day, in New Delhi.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, salutes as he pays homage to martyr soldiers at the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi. Sunday was observed as Victory Day to mark the tenth anniversary of India's victory over Pakistani intruders at Kargil.

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Periscope Manufacturers’ Association badge of honour for Admiral Sureesh Mehta "for spotting from the high seas of the Arabian the TV indiscretions on the high hills of Kargil" nine years ago. The following usual suspects are not being given awards this year to maintain a level playing field: (in alphabetical order)
Anbumani Ramadoss
Doraiswamy Raja
Jagmohan Dalmiya
Jayalalitha Jayaram
Kanwar Pal Singh Gill
Mamata Banerjee
Narendra Damodar Modi
Navjot Singh Sidhu
Ramgopal Varma

Army Chief General Deepak Kapur, Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta and Air Chief Marshal Fali Homi Major pays tribute to soldiers at soldiers' memoir Amar Jawan Jyoti on Navy Day in New Delhi.

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Newly-appointed Navy Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta,left, shakes hands with outgoing chief Admiral Arun Prakash before bidding him farewell after the handing-over ceremony in New Delhi. The much-decorated naval fighter pilot today took over as the new Chief of Naval Staff, saying that he visualised a "much bigger role" for the force operating its flotilla in distant waters far away from Indian shores. In his brief interaction with media soon after assuming the charge, Mehta's entire thurst was on making clear that the navy was getting ready to operate in distant oceans and for this, it was building its surveillance and networking capabilities. Mehta had earlier commanded the Eastern Naval Command, Western Naval fleet, as well as important shore appointments of Director General, Coast Guard, Chief of Personnel and Deputy Chief of Naval Staff.

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